Modifications/Anomalies: Sanded off the “Yamaha” logo on the headstock. I’ve always hated their logos.

Details: Bass players can be a temperamental lot. Most of the ones I’ve met are drama queens; not sure why. (All except for Colonel Kurt Kratch; god bless ya.) So as I began to do more studio guitar tracks, I picked up bass almost as a defensive measure. Then I found out how much fun it could be anchoring the backbeat and be responsible for far fewer notes. Most of the bass tracks I play are one take for this reason. In search of a good bass I first went through a Rickenbacker 4001, but it was temperamental and the headstock so heavy that it tipped down when played sitting. The Fender P bass was too heavy despite its great tone. The Fender Jazz was next: a smaller neck for my hands and a great tone as well; but still too heavy. One day I picked up a cheap Yamaha RBX360, and by cheap, I mean inexpensive. It has both P and Jazz pickups (great blending), a beautiful candy coated Black finish, and most impressively, sounds smooth and full. It’s also incredibly easy to play and about 2/3 the weight of a P. All for $150. It’s a true find if you’re looking for a reasonably-priced bass with a “rich” sound. This is my go-to bass for most studio tracks.

  • Color: Black
  • Date purchased: Late 1990's